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Masterpieces from the Museum of Cartoon Art

January 26, 2019 @ 12:00 am - April 20, 2019 @ 12:00 am EST

Exhibit showcases more than 100 original works celebrating the history of this unique art form in America. Among the many items on display will be an early editorial cartoon by Thomas Nast, a spectacular , Sunday page by Hal Foster, and a witty , gag by Peter Arno, as well as classic ,, , and , comic strips.,Treasures from this rich and varied repository represent all of the cartoon genres, including comic strips, newspaper panels, comic books, editorial cartoons, magazine cartoons, caricature, illustration and animation. The artwork is on loan from The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum.,The centerpiece of the exhibition will be a recreation of the Museum of Cartoon Art’s Hall of Fame. Thirty-two artists were elected to this prestigious group between 1975 and 1997 including Walt Disney, Milton Caniff, Chuck Jones, Rube Goldberg, Al Capp, and Herblock.  Each honoree is represented by a superlative example of their work and a handsome brass plaque.  ,The first institution dedicated to the collection, preservation, and exhibition of cartoon art, the Museum of Cartoon Art was opened in Greenwich in August 1974.  Founded by cartoonist and longtime Greenwich resident Mort Walker, it moved to Port Chester/Rye Brook, NY, in 1977, reopened in Boca Raton, FL, in 1996, and donated its collection to the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum in 2008.,Brian Walker, a former director of the Museum of Cartoon Art, who has been responsible for more than 70 cartoon exhibitions, is serving as guest curator. “I am very excited to display this collection in my hometown of Greenwich,” says Brian. “I’m sure many residents fondly remember the days when the museum was a local attraction. The exhibit is a tribute to my father’s dedicated efforts to establish an institution where the public could view cartoon art on a regular basis. His dream is now being continued by the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum.”, promises to provide an entertaining and educational experience for visitors of all ages and, for those who remember the institution during its time in the area, a nostalgic rediscovery of what the museum had to offer.,The exhibition will also feature displays documenting the formative years of the Museum of Cartoon Art, the European roots of cartoons and comics, and a video presentation of classic animation.,Special programming will include a lecture at the Bruce on February 18, ,, by Jenny Robb, Curator and Associate Professor at the Billy Ireland, and a panel tribute to the , with Cullen Murphy, Chance Browne, Brian, Greg, and Neal Walker on March 7. For more information about the exhibition and related programs, please visit brucemuseum.org or call 203-869-0376., 


January 26, 2019 @ 12:00 am
April 20, 2019 @ 12:00 am
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Bruce Museum
1 Museum Dr.Greenwich06830United States


Bruce Museum
(203) 869-0376